Saturday, December 3, 2011


The day of the village Marche de Noel . For the last two weeks a large cut out Father Christmas has decorated the road side windows of the salle des fetes. '' Venez nombreux . Je serais la " the sign declaims somewhat hopefully . Underneath a list of the attractions : ' Tombola in aid of the Red Cross . Numerous exhibitors . Grotto . Snacks ' . Irresistible .

First light and there's already quite a crowd gathered outside the village hall . The oversexed ladies from the art class waiting by one door, Madame Bay and the ladies from the Beautiful Byeways committee by another . The old farmer , already dressed in his Father Christmas outfit , deep in conversation with the mayors wife . All patiently waiting for the mayor who has forgotten the keys and has had to drive back home to get them
. A breezy ' Bonjour M'Ongoose. Bonjour Wilfee ' chorus as we pass.

Saturday morning in deepest France Profonde .
Wilf may get a sliver of Madame Bays anchovy , pineapple , ground beef and goats cheese pizza for lunch .


  1. Just heard on the radio that in the US (of course) you can be trained at the 'Harvard of Santa Schools' on beard fluffing, wig maintenance and - a sign of the times - expectation management. I wonder what training your local Father Christmas has had!

  2. Wilfee seems to be an explorator in the deep forest ! love that photo, and the one with his toy, just so cute.
    Hopefully, the Mayor didn't ask you for being Father Christmas, Angus... ooops !
    Belle journée à vous trois. Bisous my Wilfee boy adoré.

  3. Darling orsachiotto Wilfie - bacetti sul nasino - he is really irresistible - psst - Foxiie is listening in... Love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

  4. such a snowy white little bear walking in the autumn woodland path. he is simply beautiful!
    no wonder the old farmer was putting up his christmas lights in ... august? ... he is father christmas! who knew?
    a cosy village with wonderful characters. right out of a book. angus's book!
    tammy j

  5. Love Gail's comment... about some Santa training? You can replace the farmer and chat up the Mayor's wife too...hehe.
    Lotsaluv and hugs to Wilf.

  6. I love the calm, quiet and peace of the first photo, and I think that your day is off to an enjoyable start among friends! But Wilf can have my slice of pizza and not just a sliver of it. I guess I'm just too much of a 'Chicago-style-pizza traditionalist' ... :-)

  7. Wilf looks like a young lad in that first photo. It's wonderful to see him exploring in the woods.

    The farmer sure does love Christmas, doesn't he? Is his star still lighting your bedroom at night?

  8. Yes, like Kim I have to hope that both Wilfee and Madame Bay survive the anchovy , pineapple , ground beef and goats cheese pizza for lunch . None for me, thanks!


    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  9. Now I know you're just making things up. Who eats pineapple on a pizza! :)

  10. That pizza sounds good to me - hope Wilf enjoyed his slice!

  11. Ugh! Wilf, I apologize for that pizza! It sounds wretched!

  12. That pizza combo just made me lose my appetite.....

  13. Can't wait to find out more about the Marche de Noel. I love pizza and have actually enjoyed pineapple on it, but I draw the line at anchovies and goat cheese. ;) Hugs for Wilf.

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max